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Do we want to only wait to give when there is a big problem? It's time to take a look in the mirror and ask ourselves what kind of Canada we want to be.
Charities are failing to attract and engage younger donors in any significant way.
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As the provincial election is fast approaching it can be hard to keep up with or remember all the deceptions of Christy Clark and the B.C. Liberals. So let's take a look at 10 of the biggest ones.
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As much as ads, books, and other forms of media may convey a dire need to you in terms of how and what you should be donating, it is critical to understand the significance of the whole picture. This whole issue of extreme poverty is a cycle -- it begins with consumers, just like you and I, who purchase goods.
Given that donations have grown relatively flat across the country in recent years, with a growing share of total donations coming from a small group of older donors, it's clear we need to do everything we can to inspire a new generation of givers.
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This week, while all eyes are on New York City where world leaders are meeting for the General Assembly of the United Nations, another exciting event is taking place: UNICEF Canada and the women of The 25th Team are also gathered in New York to discuss global issues.
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I've had the honour and privilege of treating Mr. Downie over the past few months, and working with his health-care team during this summer's tour. When the band stepped on stage in Victoria, B.C. for the tour's first stop, like many others in the audience, I cried. I've been asked a lot this summer if I'm a Hip fan, and I am. I treat 250 new patients year, and I'm a fan of all of them -- for the strength they show and for the determination they have to make the cancer journey better for those who face it after them.
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Amendments to the Income Tax Act have been made that incentivize planned charitable giving. Prior to 2016, gifts to registered charitable organizations made by will received tax credits that could only be used in the year of the testator's death or carried back to the preceding year.
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If you've ever rented before, especially in a building, you might remember (either fondly or with hate) that one spot where everyone left their disregarded items. They weren't necessarily unwanted items, in fact oftentimes they were great household objects that someone just didn't need anymore.
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Albertans and Canadians -- and even many outside our borders -- have shown a level of giving, selflessness and strength that is hard to imagine. But you have to see that generosity in action to believe it. It's all very, very inspiring.
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I have been fortunate to be able to assist on the ground with disaster relief in communities across Alberta including the Slave Lake fire in 2011 and the Calgary floods in 2013, and I've learned that cash donations, even small ones, are by far the most effective way to help those recovering from a disaster.
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Whether the motivation is fitness, mental health, being part of a community or supporting a great cause, everyone has something to gain from a sport as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.
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Even after mastering the basics of tax preparation and filing, a lot of filers will often find out new things about their tax returns that end up delivering a few more benefits along the way. I call these tax "aha!" moments.
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Proving it's easier to announce an action plan than implement one, parts of the B.C. health ministry's 2011 plan "to strengthen physician hiring and oversight and enhance public confidence" remain bogged down to this day in consultations.
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Without money, it would be nearly impossible for food banks to provide clients with a healthy dinner plate. That's because essentials like pasta, soup and beans pour in, while equally important items like fresh produce, meat and dairy items are in shorter supply. Financial donations create flexibility.
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Buying for yourself is nice. Buying for someone else? Even better.
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There are a number of reasons to give money to charities and everyone has their own. And while it is secondary for most people, charitable donations also provide tax savings. Registered Canadian charities are allowed to issue receipts for donations so you can make a claim on your tax return.
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Small things feel like huge, looming crises because you are so weary emotionally. Every day you are treading water to stay afloat. It's easy to feel hopeless. This is why a partnership with a food bank becomes a lifeline. A beacon of hope in your own personal storm.
Unfortunately, it remains part of Canada's culture of philanthropy to think charities should spend all their money directly on programs and that "administrative" spending is wrong and should be discouraged. There's a double standard, with different expectations of businesses than of charities when it comes to investing internally.
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After working with multiple non-profits and private sector companies to solve fundraising challenges, I've learned that a little innovation can do wonders. So who better to look to than one of the most valuable and creative companies on the planet, Google.
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The mission of #JustGive, to inspire the idea that giving can be simple, spontaneous and contagious, is something that I am really passionate about. Here are my top five fun, easy and totally free ideas that we can all incorporate into our daily lives that will have a "pay it forward" effect on our community.
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A lot of people love to give to not-for-profits during the holidays, which is great. On the other hand, as a stone-cold capitalist, I'm morally obligated to make the most of every dollar I spend or donate...and lucky for you, Uncle Kevin's here to help you do the same.
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TORONTO - A new poll says charitable giving by Canadians remains on the rise and is expected to increase yet again next year.The poll, produced for the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) by Pollara, found 84...
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Your child’s favourite bedtime story sits atop a teetering pile of books in their room, gathering dust. It hasn’t been touched for months, because he or she is just getting too old for it — along with...
It's expensive to raise a family. Canadian governments recognize this, and have historically tried to ease the expense at least a little by offering parents with dependent children tax credits and deductions that others don't get. The individual tax credits may not seem significant, but they can add up to a few more dollars in your pocket. And when you are raising kids, every little bit helps.
From afar, we witnessed the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. To date, Canada's Jewish community has commendably raised close to $200,000 for relief in the Philippines. We will never forget the role the Philippines played in helping to push for the Jewish people's salvation and in ensuring that our futures are secure thanks to the creation of the Jewish state.
Ultimately, Canadians really haven't been giving much thought to the importance of charity transparency. There is a commonly-held belief that all Canadian charities are poor and desperately need money. In fact, some of them are surprising wealthy.
Is all this cause marketing too much to care about? Everywhere you turn today, there's another worthy cause trying to get your attention, time, and in all likelihood, money. As a result of the increased marketing noise, I'd argue we've become anesthetized to all the pleas.
Charities are a big business and this business is becoming more competitive and costly each year. There are over 85,000 organizations on the Canada Revenue Agency's Charities Directorate. They employ a lot of people to chase more than $8.3 billion dollars in donations as reported by Statistics Canada. When you make a donation with your hard earned money, you want it to go to the cause. It is understood that some of the donation will be used for administrative costs and fundraising but one hopes that a large percentage will reach the people you intend to help. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
Tis' the season to give, right? Manitobans certainly think so, and they're putting it to practice. For the fourteenth consecutive year, Manitoba ranks number one in generosity, according to the Genero...
Facebook's recent push to promote organ donation in the United States caused registrations to soar; a similar social media initiative could soon be launched in Canada. Ronnie Gavsie, CEO of the Ontari...
Donors want to be respected and listened to. If somebody asks to be taken off a mailing list, they get pissed (rightfully) when they get mail the next year. All you can do is apologize and do your best to fix it for the future.